ONLY five students from the soon-to-close Parkwood Secondary College are yet to find a school for 2013.
Suspicions were raised last Tuesday that some parents were struggling to find places for their children when the mother of a Parkwood student complained on Neil Mitchell's 3AW radio program that she could not enrol her son in a local school next year.
But Parkwood principal Barbara Laidlaw confirmed the parent's worries had been taken care of and and her son had found a place in a school next year.
Two local schools, Ringwood Secondary College and Norwood Secondary College, were either at or past enrolment capacity for next year to take extra students from Parkwood, which closes its doors on December 31.
Ms Laidlaw said the seven principals from the Maroondah Education Coalition (MEC) had worked together so every student was catered for.
Norwood Secondary principal Vin Virtue confirmed the school was sitting on its 1100 capacity and had taken in nine Parkwood staff members and about 80 students.
"Yes, we are full, but we can handle enrolments. We've had a significant number of Parkwood staff come across with the students so they will have familiar faces when school starts next year."
Ms Laidlaw said she was pleased with the outcome.
"The closure is something you wouldn't wish on any school, but the transition has run as smoothly as possible."
"That doesn't mean everybody got their first-preference school for next year, and unfortunately some were disappointed."
Ms Laidlaw said the approximate breakdown for 300-odd outgoing Parkwood students included 80 students to Norwood Secondary next year, 60 to Croydon Maroondah College, 35 to Warrandyte High and 20 to Ringwood Secondary.
The rest enrolled in schools outside the MEC, at independent schools or in TAFE programs.